No Offense But… Conservatives Say the Darnedest Thing….

Mike HukabeeOh, those conservatives they just say the darnedest things. I really would like to see what would happen if Mr.  Mike went to North Korea and said some of the things that he has said about Obama. I think that we would never see Mr Huckabee again, unless he managed to escape from one of those prison camps in the northern part of the country…. From Think Progress: Huckabee: There’s More Freedom In North Korea Than In The U.S. Former Arkansas governor, and current Fox News contributor, Mike Huckabee told a conservative gathering this weekend that he is “beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than in the United States.” Huckabee was speaking on Saturday at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a confab of conservatives — such right-wing luminaries as Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) — in the first primary state of 2016. Huckabee ran through a panoply of “threats and affronts to our freedom today,” riling his audience up about the ongoing stand-off between the federal government and a cattle rancher in Nevada, along with the supposed Benghazi scandal and Brandeis University’s revocation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s offer for an honorary degree. Continue Reading Fron Right Wing Watch: Jim DeMint Asserts The Federal Government Played No Role In Freeing The Slaves

Heritage Foundation head Jim DeMint appeared on Vocal Point with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries last week, where he insisted that “no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.” DeMint, a former US senator from South Carolina, told Newcombe that “the conscience of the American people” and not the federal government was responsible for the end of slavery.Read More

So I guess it was also the conscience of America that did all it could to keep blacks from voting and in their place which certainly was in the same places as White Americans….oh this reminds me of a poster I saw last night! minority You can read the post that goes with this poster at Addicting Info  Oh and I all most forgot this darned cute statement!!! From Right Wing Watch: Bob Marshall Reiterates Claim That Disabled Children Represent God’s ‘Vengeance’ For Abortion -

Virginia GOP state delegate and congressional candidate Bob Marshall is standing by his claim that disabled children are God’s punishment for women who have an abortion. “Nature takes its vengeance on subsequent children,” Marshall said in 2010. “It’s a special punishment, Christians would suggest.Read More

Does that mean that every woman that gives birth to a disabled child had an abortion? or are they just punished because others have had abortions. Of course this comes from the man who also said that there should be no abortions from incest because incest is some times consensual !!!! You know I could just go on and on with what these folks say but I think I’ll just end for now…….

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Evening Rambling Thoughts in Response to Post Comment from Let Them Starve? – Why the Hate?

So way back about a month ago I wrote a morning rant titled Let Them Starve? – Why the Hate? Included in the post were three articles two of which pondered the question – Why is there so much hate in America today?? I ended the post with …..

I for one was appalled at the racist Tweets after the crowning of the New Miss America, to me the crowing showed what is right with America! That Americans can accept people of all Nationalities and religions and out of the experiences of many, comes a strong and vibrant nation, “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” Gay, Straight, Black, White, male female it doesn’t matter!!! Remember this line from the Pledge of Allegiance “and to the republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” - Let’s hope!! (emphasis added)

Rick a reader recently commented on the post as follows:

Just read your 9/22/13 post, specifically your very last sentence, “Remember this line from the Pledge of Allegiance “and to the republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”” Seems you Don’t remember at all. The correct pledge, as passed by a joint resolution of Congress on June 14, 1954, includes the phrase, “under God.” Seems to me that if I have to put up with a moslem negro in the White House, you have to say “under God” when saying the Pledge of Allegiance

Well Rick I do remember the above and I left out the phrase “under God” on purpose, firstly, because it wasn’t in the original Pledge of Allegiance and really was only put there because we were in a Cold War with those Godless communists! And secondly, because I believe in the separation of Church and State and once you stick God in there the question ultimately becomes “Whose God?” and finally I think that the Pledge without God still speaks to the central point of the article that our Republic was founded on liberty and justice for all!! But as I thought about the whole question that was raised, I realized that I really don’t know that much about the Pledge of Allegiance so I took a quick trip to Wikipedia to see what I could find!

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), who was a Baptist minister, a Christian socialist,[3][4] and the cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy (1850–1898). The original “Pledge of Allegiance” was published in the September 8 issue of the popular children’s magazine The Youth’s Companion as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. The event was conceived and promoted by James B. Upham, a marketer for the magazine, as a campaign to instill the idea of American nationalism by selling flags to public schools and magazines to students.[5] According to author Margarette S. Miller this was in line with Upham’s vision which he “would often say to his wife: ‘Mary, if I can instill into the minds of our American youth a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded, and create in them an ambition to carry on with the ideals which the early founders wrote into the Constitution, I shall not have lived in vain.’”[6] Bellamy’s original Pledge read as follows:[7   I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The Pledge was supposed to be quick and to the point. Bellamy designed it to be recited in 15 seconds. As a socialist, he had initially also considered using the words equality and fraternity[5] but decided against it – knowing that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans.[9]

Ok so let’s see what we have here.the Pledge was written by a Christian Socialist? Hum,Many of today’s Christians certainly don’t believe Christianity and Socialism belong together (although in my mind they certainly do!) The pledge was written to instill American Nationalism and love of the ideals upon which the nation was founded and to me separation of church and state is one… and surprise the pledge doesn’t mention God!  And it seems Bellamy understood that while we espouse those ideals in his time we certainly didn’t live up to those ideals!!

Bellamy concluded “It was my thought that a vow of loyalty or allegiance to the flag should be the dominant idea. I especially stressed the word ‘allegiance.’…Beginning with the new word allegiance, I first decided that ‘pledge’ was a better school word than ‘vow’ or ‘swear’; and that the first person singular should be used, and that ‘my’ flag was preferable to ‘the.’”[11] Bellamy considered the words “country, nation, or Republic”, choosing the last as “it distinguished the form of government chosen by the founding fathers and established by the Revolution. The true reason for allegiance to the flag is the Republic for which it stands.”[11] Bellamy then reflected on the sayings of Revolutionary and Civil War figures, and concluded “all that pictured struggle reduced itself to three words, one Nation indivisible.”[11] Bellamy considered the slogan of the French Revolution, Liberté, égalité, fraternité (“liberty, equality, fraternity”), but held that “fraternity was too remote of realization, and as equality was a dubious word.”[11] Concluding “Liberty and justice were surely basic, were undebatable, and were all that any one Nation could handle. If they were exercised for all they involved the spirit of equality and fraternity.”[11]

The Pledge was amended in 1923 changing “My Flag to the flag of the US ……..

In 1923, the National Flag Conference called for the words “my Flag” to be changed to “the Flag of the United States”, so that new immigrants would not confuse loyalties between their birth countries and the United States. The words “of America” were added a year later. The United States Congress officially recognized the Pledge for the first time, in the following form, on June 22, 1942:

And finally we get to the major revision……

Prior to February 1954, no endeavor to get the Pledge officially amended succeeded. The final successful push came from George MacPherson Docherty. Some American presidents honored Lincoln’s birthday by attending services at the church Lincoln attended, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church by sitting in Lincoln’s pew on the Sunday nearest February 12. On February 7, 1954, with President Eisenhower sitting in Lincoln’s pew, the church’s pastor, George MacPherson Docherty, delivered a sermon based on the Gettysburg Address titled “A New Birth of Freedom.” He argued that the nation’s might lay not in arms but its spirit and higher purpose. He noted that the Pledge’s sentiments could be those of any nation, that “there was something missing in the pledge, and that which was missing was the characteristic and definitive factor in the American way of life.” He cited Lincoln’s words “under God” as defining words that set the United States apart from other nations.

So one man wrote a pledge that said that the ideals of the Founders of the Nation were what set the nation apart from the rest of the world, our Republic and the ideal of liberty and justice for all. Another person says the no, there’s still something missing and the missing piece is Lincoln’s phrase “under God” is what sets us apart.

that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Ok so maybe you can say that possibly it is the Christian spirit that sets us apart from the rest of the world and if it is the case then it goes back to my original point —-

How can you claim to be a “Christian” nation and completely ignore the following? Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world   .For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

So maybe just maybe I left God out because he may not need to be there, because his spirit is implied by the words liberty and justice for all!!

If I have to put up with a moslem negro in the White House, you have to say “under God” when saying the Pledge of Allegiance

Above is your last statement  and I ask the same question that was posed by Bill Maher – why the hate? which there certainly seems to be in your statement. At first, I thought you made a mistake spelling Muslim – Moslem and then I read the following:

Whereas for most English speakers, the two words are synonymous in meaning, the Arabic roots of the two words are very different. A Muslim in Arabic means”one who gives himself to God,” and is by definition, someone who adheres to Islam. By contrast, a Moslem in Arabic means”one who is evil and unjust” when the word is pronounced, as it is in English, Mozlem with a z. – See more at: http://hnn.us/article/524#sthash.VUGaTeLg.dpuf

Considering you “Have to put up with the moslem negro President you can’t even make yourself say that we have an African-American President can you? You have to say “in the White House” the operative word being “White” So even though i may have left God out of the pledge i have not left “love and caring for the people and their quest for liberty and equality out of my heart” whereas you have even though you say  ”under God” – have! Should I give your response – if it is the same as before HaHaHaHaHa! And now I understand why friends should never discuss religion or politics and even more so – religion and politics!!

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The Incredible Malala leaves Jon Stewart wanting to adopt her!!

MalalaMany of you may have followed the incredible story of  Malala  Yousafzai because it’s been all over the news.And while I’ve heard and read about the story I was as wowed as Jon Stewart was when I watched his recent interview with Malala  Yousafzai the other day. In case you don’t know  the story Malala is the remarkable young Pakistani  woman (I use woman instead of teenager because she is composed well beyond her 16 years)who was shot and nearly killed by Taliban fighters for advocating that all girls should have the right to go to school!! Her journey from her Swat Valley home is inspiring!. Oh no, it’s time for a geography lesson. Where is the Swat Valley. From Wikipedia:

Swat_NWFP.svg

Location of Swat District (yellow) within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.

Swat (pronounced [ˈsʋaːt̪], (Pashto:سوات, Urdu: سوات‎) is a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which rises in the Hindu Kush range. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main town in the Swat valley is Mingora.[1]

It was a princely state (see Swat (princely state)) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until it was dissolved in 1969. The valley is almost entirely populated by ethnic Pashtun Awankhel. The predominant language spoken in the valley is Pashto, while minor languages include Torwali and Kalami in Swat Kohistan.

Now back to the interview with Malala. A while back, I wrote a post, after the last massive earthquake in it I wrote that I felt sorry for the people of Pakistan who always seem to suffer from these natural disasters. A reader questioned why I would feel sorry for the people of a country that we are at war with! My response was people are people and we are not at war with the people of Pakistan rather we are at war with the Islāmic terrorists who hide in the Northern Provinces of Pakistan! Very early in this interview Malala says “we are human beings” And they are people, just like you and me!

Well, Malala is not quite like any teenager I’ve met recently. She is so amazingly composed for such a young person and remarkably perceptive in thought and actions. Her response to what would you say to a Taliban who came to kill you is a response that should leave everyone who watches speechless. So watch the interview and see what you think!!

 

In July of this year, Malala gave her first public speech on Malala Day, and like everything she does it was jaw-dropping! You can watch that speech here at Slate!! Watch it think if you could have given that speech at 16! I know I couldn’t have at any age!!

Two days ago Malala met with the President and First Lady during her meeting she expressed concerns over the US drone attacks. From CNN.com:

“I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism,” she said in a statement released today. “Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”;

 

The U.S. government has said strikes by the unmanned aircraft are a necessary part of the fight against militant groups, including the Taliban.

In an interview that will air Sunday at 7 p.m. with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Malala said she is far from done serving.

 

I want to become a prime minister of Pakistan, and I think it’s really good. Because through politics I can serve my whole county. I can be the doctor of the whole country,” she said.

And you know I believe that she could do it!! Wouldn’t that be an incredible story!! At the end of the interview Jon Stewart mentions that you can support Malala’s dream by visiting Malalafund.org. I just signed up! so check it out!!

Here is more exclusive Daily Show footage of Malala’s interview:

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Today’s Rant 10/9/13 – Elizabeth Warren and the Shutdown, Health Care and a Liberal Dreams!!

Cross-posted from Socialstudious I saw this video today on UPWORTHY today and had to repost it….

Yeah, Elizabeth Warren! Can you run for President!! You certainly nailed it Ms Warren!!  ”The Wrecking Crew”are certainly doing their best to destroy our government and their tying of the budget to raising the debt ceiling is just plain stupid!!! From Wikipedia:

US government indebtedness has been the norm in the financial history of the nation. The carriage of debt in Western Europe and North America by governments has been normal for the past 200 years, so the US situation is not unique. The US has been in debt every year except for 1835.

  • Debts incurred during the American Revolutionary War and under the Articles of           Confederation led to the first yearly report on the amount of the debt ($75,463,476.52 on January 1, 1791).
  •  Every President since Herbert Hoover has added to the national debt expressed in        absolute dollars. The debt ceiling has been raised 74 times since March 1962,[1]          including 18 times under Ronald Reagan, eight times under Bill Clinton, seven  times under George W. Bush, and three times under Barack Obama.

The process of setting the debt ceiling is separate and distinct from the regular process of financing government operations, and raising the debt ceiling neither directly increases nor decreases the budget deficit. The US government passes a federal budget every year. This budget details projected tax collections and outlays and, therefore, the amount of borrowing the government would have to do in that fiscal year. A vote to increase the debt ceiling is, therefore, usually seen as a formality, needed to continue spending that has already been approved previously by the Congress and the President. The Government Accountability Office explains, “the debt limit does not control or limit the ability of the federal government to run deficits or incur obligations. Rather, it is a limit on the ability to pay obligations already incurred.”  The apparent redundancy of the debt ceiling has led to suggestions that it should be abolished altogether. Read More

Read that again raising the debt ceiling overs the limit on the ability to pay obligations already incurred!! A Federal budget should have been approved already and at the least a vote should be taken now to approve a “clean’ budget that leaves Obamacare alone! It is morally and politically wrong in a democracy to take the government hostage over a law that Republicans have been unable to repeat countless times,and a law that was declared to be constitutional by the Supreme Court!!  It’s even more wrong, when a majority of Americans i,e, those who voted to reëlect the President love the law, and the law is even  liked by many of those who oppose Obamacare, when it is called the Affordable Care Act, rather than Islamacare, (which Republicans would call it if they could) or how about Socialismacare that may work for Republicans too, or Hussienacare!!  They would rather call the law anything scary instead of calling it by its name, which describes what the law is, an Affordable Care Act!! An Act, no a law, that is in the opinion of many a weak attempt by a country that spends more on health care, than any other developed country in the world, to bring affordable health care to a majority of its people!! A law that actually may leave many of the poorest of Americans still uninsured because Republican Governors refuse to increase Medicaid coverage!! The Affordable Care Act is an attempt to rein in the insurance companies\that make life miserable for many Americans,, but since the insurance companies still are in control, the law may actually end up handing them a financial bonanza!! If we really want to do something about Health Care and its associated costs, maybe, the country should take a look the Vermont system rather than the Massachusetts system!! Let’s look at what they’ve said and are dong in Vermont….

Affordable, accessible and quality health care is essential for the well-being of Vermonters.  Recognizing this fact, since 2006, Vermont has implemented a series of reforms designed to increase access to, improve the quality and contain the cost of health care for Vermonters. During the last two years, this work continued with enactment of  Act 48 (2011) and passage of Act 171 (H.559), signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on May 16, 2012.  These laws recognize that health care is a public good, much like electricity. They put Vermont on a path toward an integrated health care delivery system with a budget regulated by the new Green Mountain Care Board, universally available health insurance coverage that is not linked to employment and a single system for administration of claims and payments to providers.   Act 48 and Act 171 leverage the financial assistance made available to states by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as the ACA) to maximum effect by creating the required health insurance exchange to serve as many Vermonters as possible. This interim step is the bridge to the Green Mountain Care single payer system which will serve all Vermonters and curb the unsustainable rate of growth in the cost of health care. From Vermont.gov  (Emphasis added)

Gasp! Health care is a public good like electricity? Universally available health insurance coverage will be made available to all Vermonters!!! There goes the freedom of those Vermonters. Now they will be dependent on the government – so say the Republicans  Yeah Right! Oh, I forgot people are much better off when they are dependent on the whims of insurance companies. So much so, that the Republicans would rather destroy the government before they would let that change!! Long live costly, unsympathetic, arbitrary health care!!!  Viva la preëxisting conditions!! The evil Affordable Care Act must die!! That last statement doesn’t quite have the same ring as Obamacare must die, now does it!! I started this rant wishing that Elizabeth Warren would run for President, well,  I’ll end it with the ticket of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Yeah that’s the ticket of my dreams!! Or maybe we go north and south and a ticket of Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Bernie (I-VT)!! Hey, a liberal can always dream!!

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President Obama’s Speech at Hyde Park Academy – Feb 15, 2013

President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd as he arrives for an appearance at Hyde Park Academy, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

So this afternoon The Democratic Party posted a video of a portion of the President’s February 15th speech at the Hyde Park Academy on the south side of Chicago. In the video clip the  President Obama reflects on what we must do to give every child a chance in life—stronger communities, stronger families, and doing everything we can to keep our kids safe from harm.

The President stated:  “This is not just a gun issue,” “It’s also an issue of the kinds of communities that we’re building, and for that we all share responsibility as citizens to fix it. We all share a responsibility to move this country closer to our founding vision, that no matter who you were or where you come from, here in America, you can decide your own destiny.”

and that:

For many “It can feel like the future for a lot of young people the future only extends to the next street corner or the outskirts of town and that no matter how much you work or how hard you try your destiny was determined from the moment you were born. There are entire neighborhoods where they don’t see examples of someone who succeeds….”

As I listened to the President say these words, I could only think of all those children that Jonathan Kozol has tried his best to help, in the poorest of poor neighborhoods in the South Bronx. Feelings of hopelessness and despair rack these neighborhoods and do leave many with no hope and  often a violent deaths.

I was pondering the issue of gun control yesterday and I was thinking. Ok some say I need a gun to protect my home, but why? Why would someone want to break into my house in the first place. I like to think that the reason would not be to kill me or my wife, I don’t think we pissed anyone off that much that they would put out a hit on us, and random killings are rare. So the reason they would break in is to steal something of mine to then be able to sell to get money most likely for drugs or maybe just so they could have better things.; But as I thought I thought what if that person didn’t need the money and that they had a good paying job with a future that would lead to a better job, or that there were enough clinics and drug treatment centers that can provide help to overcome addictions. So I agree that in many cases the answers to gun violence lies not only in sensible controls, but also in jobs and the economy! I don’t believe what Mitt Romney says that there’s 47% percent of the people oout there that won’t take responsibility for themselves, I believe that everyone wants to succeed but for far too many success is to elusive when the deck is all ready stacked against you!! I believe that if we want this country to succeed the success will come from the bottom up and not the top down, we just need to provide some steps from those at the bottom to climb and not a slippery slope that only a few exceptional climbers can master!!

Just imagine if the Republicans understood this, which they obviously don’t. If they did they would understand that part of giving so many a fighting chance would be the raising of the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour! Yet all they do is rail against it from the side of business owners. Many business are making obscene profits, the major one being Walmart, on the backs of their employees and it’s about time that maybe they lessen their profits just a little and give back to the employees that all make it possible!

Here’s an article from the Huffington Post:Obama Chicago Gun Violence Talk: President Talks Shootings At Hyde Park Academy and the video clip.

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Gun Control Rant – Music by Carrie Newcomer “If Not Now”

From Think Progress

When I read this headline I was pissed! (If you’ll be offended by a gun control rant exit now and if you do continue answer the question in the song!) NRA Dismisses ‘Connecticut Effect,’ Suggests Grief Over Newtown Tragedy Will Be Short-Lived

The National Rifle Association will wait until the “Connecticut effect” has subsided to resume its push to weaken the nation’s gun laws, according to a top NRA lobbyist speaking at the NRA’s Wisconsin State Convention this weekend. Though the NRA had been tight-lipped about how the Newtown tragedy would affect their efforts, lobbyist Bob Welch, who represents the Wisconsin NRA group, was anything but during their yearly meeting.

I thought about and googled gun violence and deaths and found this from Huffington Post written on 12/15/12 just after Newtown - Enough Dead Children From Gun Violence!

Every day eight kids under 20-years-old die from gun violence in America. That’s 56 kids a week, 340 kids a month and over 3,000 kids every year. In fact you could fill Fenway Park three times over with the 110,000 children killed by guns in the U.S. over the past 30 years!

Gun violence in America is out of control. Every day 150 Americans are shot and 83 (including eight children) are killed by firearms. Every year an average of 30,000 Americans die from firearms. Since former Congresswomen Gabby Giffords and others were shot in Tucson, AZ (Jan. 2011) there have been over 65 mass shootings in America — three every month. Since 1970 over 1.4 million Americans have been killed with firearms — more than all U.S. service men and women killed in all foreign wars combined. Full Story

Look at those numbers…You better believe that if any one of these last mass murders were carried out by Muslim extremists there’d be immediate restrictions on gun ownership by Muslims. But since it’s only a crazy person let’s not limit them or any other wacko, Ted Nugent included, from possessing a firearm! Really what does anyone need any gun for anyway – oh yeah protection. Tell that to the woman in South Carolina who had a nice cute pink little gun for protection that kids ended up playing with and one ended up dead! oh yeah to protect us from tyrants ask the people in Syria how easy it is to overthrow a tyrant even when you have guns, and you guys think you’ll overthrow the US military. I think not! oh yeah…. and the list goes on….. the bottom line is the violence has to stop and sensible gun control is the first step. While I would like to see all guns banned I know that’s not going to happen, but really isn’t doing something better than just turning our heads and continue to let people be killed, to continue to let parents bury children…. all in the name of freedom!! Are we really free if we live in dread of gun violence.. as i sat in the theater on Saturday preparing to watch Silver Lining Playbook(which was great by the way) I thought about what I’d do if something like Aurora happened – I shouldn’t have to think about that!! I know I’m ranting but hey, it’s well past time! When I was out doing errands tonight, I had the iPod on shuffle and recently added songs and Carrie Newcomer’s “If Not Now” off her new CD Kindred Spirits came on it’s a question we have to ask about a lot of things – not just gun control! Think about it!

If Not Now, Tell me When If not now, tell me when We may never see this moment Or place in time again If Not Now, Tell me when? I see sorrow and trouble in this land I see sorrow and trouble in this land Although there will be struggle We’ll make the change we can If Not Now, Tell me when? Chorus I may never see the promised land I may never see the promised land And yet we’ll make the journey And walk it hand in hand If Not Now, Tell me when? Chorus Bridge: So we ‘ll work until it’s done Every daughter every son Every soul that ever longed for something better something brighter It will take a change of heart for this to mend It will take a change of heart for this to mend But miracles do happen every shining now and then If Not Now, Tell me when? Chorus Chorus But miracles do happen every shining now and then If not now tell me when If not now tell me when If not now tell me when

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Saturday Morning 9/8/12 Reads and Rants – Romney and the Republicans!

Ok so I oppose war – I opposed the wars in Vietnam and Iraq , along with the current war in Afghanistan, now that doesn’t mean I oppose the men and women who are fighting! Quite the opposite I am proud of them. You see my opposition means I don’t want to see them getting killed,  wounded or coming home traumatized, for all the wrong reasons!  So I was upset by the Republican omission of Afghanistan at their convention and even more upset when I read the reason that Romney gave for the omission in his speech! Romney On Omitting U.S. Troops From RNC Speech: ‘You Talk About Things You Think Are Important’. Hum, I bet the families of those troops, fathers, mothers, siblings, parents and grandparents all think it’s IMPORTANT to recognize their efforts and to tell us what your plans are for the future! But then again there are lots of things that Romney won’t show or tell us like – his tax returns!

You know the Republicans can all continue to rant on about the President’s birth certificate and Romney can even make a joke about no one ever asking for his birth certificate. But when push came to shove, the President DID show us his birth certificate. But has Romney shown us his tax returns – wonder why that is?  Hell Romney won’t even tell us how he’s going to PAY for those new tax cuts he plans to give himself and his fellow one-percenters and even FOX news is getting annoyed – Even Fox News Is Fed Up With Romney Failing To Provide Details Of His Tax Plan!

Even Ann Romney has gotten into the act –  Ann Romney Refuses To Answer Questions About Birth Control – you see the economy is the only thing that want to talk about – but for millions of women out there the “War on Woman” and that’s what it is – unlike the made up “War on Religion” is of great concern to the majority of American women – guess they don’t  count –  but they DO vote!

We ‘ve all heard the success story about the auto industry.  How the government LOANS and that’s what they were and they have been paid back saved GM and Chrysler and now they are back on top! But the Republicans really don’t mention that other plan that the President put forth back in September of last year – yes this month is  an Unhappy Anniversary: Republicans Have Blocked The American Jobs Act For One Year. Think about the numbers that were in this Act and the effect that they could have had on the economy. This is the effect that:

 multiple economists predicted would occur if the bill passed:

–Moody’s Analytics estimated the American Jobs Act would create 1.9 million jobs and add two percent to gross domestic product.

–The Economic Policy Institute estimated it would create 2.6 million jobs and protect an addition 1.6 million existing jobs.

–Macroeconomic Advisers predicted it would create 2.1 million jobs and boost GDP by 1.5 percent.

–Goldman Sachs estimated it would add 1.5 percent to GDP.

Think about it where would the economy be if these numbers were added to the mix. But you see, their mission from Day One was to make sure the Obama was a one term president, and yet without any help from the Republicans the President has kept the country economically solvent and moving forward – with ten miles of my home at least two GM dealers whose car lots were either empty or shrinking are now full and their showrooms have been remodeled! Additionally, there are miles and miles of newly paved roads throughout Burlington County, along with improvements to major roads and I’m sure this is the case throughout the US. Think about it!!

Ok enough ranting for now – maybe I’ll be back in a while with some soothing morning music!

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Me judging character, and the Republicans!

Ok so, I am not the best judge of character. My wife always says that I always expect the best in people, I always expect that they would say or do the same thing that I would.  Years ago, when our old neighbors’ marriage broke up, the husband Billy was left in the other half or our double, our circuit breakers kept tripping. We knew that the utilities in his half of the double had been turned off, yet, surprising  he still had power at times. My wife suggested that Billy, an electrician by trade, may have been stealing electricity from us! My response was that Billy would never do that to us, he liked us!  Anyway one day, I was leaving the house and on opening the front door I heard the TV on in Billy’s house. I quickly went down to the basement flipped some circuit breakers went back upstairs and “Well I’ll Be!” Billy’s TV was off! It turned out that he had tapped into our electric both in the basement and the attic!! I relay this incident just to say that it takes a lot for me to say that I really can’t stand someone! While that’s on a personal level, it is still hard for me to accept on a political level overall dislike for someone, but these Republicans make it easy! Two of them that I can’t abide are the Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor with Mr Cantor topping the list!! Other folks scoring high include Mitch McConnell and the candidates for President and Vice-President. Now today I read this post On Labor Day, GOP Leadership Celebrates Management at Think Progress and here’s what Mr Cantor tweeted:

 Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.

It just infuriates me that he could make such a statement on a day set aside to honor LABOR not management!! It makes me want to scream, as does the lying that has been going on in the campaign by the Republicans, one of the latest lies by the VP nominee concerns his marathon running. Here’s a post from Truthdig based on Paul Krugman’s column in the New York Times: Ryan Goes Running With the Truth. Having lived with a runner my wife knew he was lying right off the bat when he couldn’t remember his time! She said runner’s ALWAYS know their time, especially in something as big as your only marathon!!  Here’s another post from across the pond regarding Mister: Paul Ryan, imaginary marathon man. Richard Reeves at Truthdig also calls out: Romney’s Lies and Liars Our only hope is that the Democrats keep pounding them on the lies, because it’s really the only thing they can RUN on!

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Quick Read and Political Thoughts 9/2/12 – Republicans and Candy Corn?

They say you learn something everyday and this attempt on the life of President Kennedy was certainly new to me!

Mental Floss: Dan Lewis:In 1960 a Retired Postal Worker Almost Killed JFK

Thinking about JFK took me immediately to memories of my 5th grade classroom and sitting, listening to the radio, waiting to see if the Soviet ships heading for Cuba carrying missiles would turn around or if we were headed toward nuclear annihilation! Obviously we know how it turned out, but the question of the day is – If the Country faced a similar crisis today – who would you rather have as President Obama or Romney? For me it’s not even close the cool, calm collected, Obama wins hands down!

I saw this quote on Facebook this morning and how true it is – they want us to forget – forget how we got in this mess to begin with – a party took a budget surplus, gave massive tax cuts to the rich, lied their way to war , and then because of deregulation of Wall Street left the economy on the brink of collapse! They want to do it again!!!

I was thinking about the Republicans the other night coming home from Target. During our nightly meeting at Target the leader of the day mentioned “candy corn” was on its way to the store for Halloween. So when I was on the way home I blended the Republicans and candy corn. See ever year we trot out candy corn and look at it and say “Hey this can’t be too bad, corn that tastes like candy” and then you taste and it tastes like crap! And just like candy corn we trot out Republicans and we look at them and say hey, they can’t be to bad and they get elected and everything turns to crap!!

Here’s Lewis Black on Candy Corn!

Here’s another Facebook poster:

How true it is higher and higher corporate profits but no jobs – why because NOBODY’S buying their products because THE ONE-PERCENT HAVE ALL THE MONEY!!! And what do Romney and Ryan want to do – GIVE THEM ME MORE and take more money from US! Take more money from schools, roads and National Arts!! Drill in National Parks, and in the fragile ocean all in the name of MORE CORPORATE PROFITS!! and finally lest we forget how truly well the wealthy “Job creators” actually create jobs, just take a look at this poster and remember “Candy corn tastes like crap”, and Republicans are crappy at creating jobs, now sending them to other countries – well come Republicans ARE good at that – hum who could that be!!

And finally lest we forget how the Republicans took a budget surplus – cut taxes, led us to two wars, and then through the deregulation of Wall Street (which Bill Clinton helped with) led us to the brink of economic ruin! Just look at how well those rich folks did at creating jobs – it took the Republicans eight years to ruin the economy Obama should have at least eight to fix it – because the policy proposals of Ryan and Romney aren’t gonna’ do it!!

Charts and Posters sourced from: Americans Against the Tea Party on Facebook !

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How Things Have Changed since The Last Great Senate!

So we all know that things have changed in the US Senate in the last 34 years. Just how much it’s changed was driven home to me tonight as I read about Jimmy Carter’s first venture into Middle East politics in Ira Shapiro’s The Last Great Senate. In February of 1978, the Carter Administration announced that it would seek congressional authorization to sell fighter planes to Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. The plan was to sell sixty F-15s, to Saudi Arabia, seventy-five F-16s to Israel and fifty F-5Es planes (considerably less advanced than the F-16s) to Egypt.  In 1974 Congress had enacted the Nelson-Bingham Amendment giving Congress the authority to block any arms by passing a concurrent resolution of disapproval within thirty days of formal notification.

Needless to say the proposed sale created a furor and a resolution disapproving the sale was offered by Joe Biden, typically, a strong supporter of Carter. The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) vehemently opposed the sale, arguing that sale of the weapons to Egypt and Saudi Arabia posed a mortal threat to Israel.  Lined up against the Carter Administration were Senators Jacob Javitz, and “Scoop” Jackson along with AIPAC.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote ended in an 8-8 deadlocked with no recommendation going to the full Senate. So the debate raged on in the full Senate. Finally, the Biden Amendment of Disapproval was defeated 54 to 44, allowing the arms sale and giving AIPAC it’s first defeat. But the interesting thing is the final total of the votes broke down this way: the White House got twenty-six Democratic votes and twenty-eight Republican votes!! While losing thirty-three Democratic votes and eleven Republican votes!  The liberal dove vote was split with Eagleton, Muskie and McGovern supporting the President and Church, Cranston and Kennedy voting the other way!

This issue created intense political pressure on the senators but they faced the issue squarely, refused to engage in obstruction or seek partisan advantage. Many supporters of Israel took the hard road and came down against AIPAC and favored Carter’s proposal. They did it in the words of Ira Shapiro “Because they were persuaded that it was the right course for the UnitesdStates, at a time of great fluidity in the Middle East. For these reasons the arms sale debate showed the Senate at it’s best.”

The point is that members of The Last Great Senate were a dying breed, there were liberal and conservative Republicans and Democrats who came together debated issues and voted according to what they felt was in the best interest of the country and not just the party or those who financed their campaigns and they certainly wouldn’t have been beholden to someone who wasn’t even an elected official i.e. on Grover Nordquist!!

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